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Emergency helicopters are “proving their worth” 

The emegency helicopters operating in the Canary Islands have been proving their worth and have shown to be life-savers.

The two helicopters are part of the Canary Urgency Service (SUC) and during the first ten months of 2015, intervened in 475 emergencies.

Seven out of ten transfers were deemed vital and these aircraft have been praised for ensuring a quick response, especially when accidents happen in remote locations or ones particularly difficult to access.

Incidents included one in the Roque Nublo area of Gran Canaria where a man who suffered a heart attack was airlifted to safety and road accidents in Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura.

The helicopters have also been called in to make urgent transfer of patients to hospital in Gran Canaria and Tenerife.

The SUC medicalised helicopters, one based at the airport in Gran Canaria and another in Tenerife, operate 365 days a year. Their health provision is similar to a emergency ambulance, ie doctor and nurse, besides the crew of a commander and a pilot.

It has full electronic equipment on board including a heart machine, respirator and infusion pump.